Friend in Venice Tours
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About
Life is a journey, travelling is living twice.” – Omar Khayyam – (Persian poet of XII century)I am a tour leader. I visited many countries… not to find myself, tot o learn how to live. And from you, and all of those I met during my journeys I learned something.This is the reason why I love my job. For me it represents an opportunity to meet men and women from different places and with different cultures.
Venice, Veneto, Italy

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Patty R
Fernandina Beach, FL57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We just returned from a trip to Venice. My husband and I are well travelled and have been to Venice previously, and frankly, it wasn’t our favorite city. The glut of visitors and tourist-oriented shops and restaurants diminished this historic city in our eyes. Since our trip ended in Venice I was determined to give the city another try and take a different approach to see it for the city others rave about.

I booked a private “Venice for Pleasure” tour with Nadia at Friend in Venice, two hours by foot and one hour on a private water taxi, and it made all the difference in the world! Nadia knows the city and it’s history like the back of her hand and within minutes of meeting her we were in tiny alleyways and passages where we had the area to ourselves. Nadia brought the history of the people to life, telling us stories of specific family buildings as we passed them and showing us an illustrated book that explained some of the structural aspects of the city designed to overcome obstacles (like how they built the many community wells to access fresh water). A “two dimensional” city became a vital, technicolor 3D experience. Nadia made sure that all of our senses were engaged.. she even took us to a darling “sandwich” (tramazzino)shop to sample some absolutely delicious local specialties.

While on the water tour, Nadia and her partner, Captain Rafael, still took us behind the scenes. It was beautiful! A surprise was that Nadia took my phone to take some pictures of us. It ended up being a beautiful photo shoot! We didn’t quite realize what she was doing when she had the Captain reposition the boat to have the background scenery that she wanted. But when we looked at the photos after the tour, we were blown away at the beautiful pictures that she took to help us memorialize … the day we fell in love with Venice.

Do yourself a favor…. Contact Nadia to make your trip memorable and to lift your heart because …you now have a friend in Venice.
Written October 29, 2021
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Jason S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My wife and I took the "Venice for Pleasure" tour with Nadia in July 2022. I'd previously been to Venice but my wife never had, so we decided to do a tour that gave a nice overview of the city but didn't necessarily go to the main tourist spots. Instead, the tour focused on moving around the city along peaceful side streets and uncrowded campos, delving into historic buildings and courtyards, and ending with a wonderful private boat ride all around the island and lagoon.

Nadia was wonderful, enthusiastic, and informative. The name of her private tours, "Friend in Venice" is an apt name for the experience. We felt like we were visiting family who was showing us around without ramming us through the tourist mobs. All in all a perfect experience for visiting Venice.
Written August 15, 2022
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Linda B
Langhorne, PA1 contribution
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Aug 2023 • Family
Our family of five recently had the privilege of spending an unforgettable day with Linda as our tour guide in the amazing city of Venice. We had many wonderful tour guides on our 2-week vacation in Europe, and Linda was by far our favorite! Linda is the kindest, most considerate person, which combined with her knowledge and passion for Venice, makes her the best tour guide you could ever have. Throughout the day, she gave us her expert commentary on the history, art, and architecture of Venice and you could feel her passion for this beautiful city. She also has a wealth of knowledge about things to do and see in Venice aside from the usual tourist attractions. Linda had the whole day perfectly planned for us and took care of every detail. She asked us what we wanted to see and made sure we had time for everything, but she also wanted to make sure that it was a fun and relaxing day for us. And it was!! There were so many special highlights of the day, but one of our favorites was a surprise visit to a beautiful historic palazzo. We felt like royalty having drinks and croissants in a private room and then being whisked away on our private boat down the Grand Canal. Linda arranged private water taxis that were perfectly timed to take us to the islands of Murano and Burano, and also arranged for us to have a delicious lunch in Burano and a sweet gelato treat afterwards. One thing I noticed throughout the day is how much the people that she dealt with loved and respected her (taxi drivers, shop owners, restaurant owner, etc.) This is a reflection of her warm personality and professionalism. Linda went above and beyond to help us have the best day in Venice and we are so grateful to her for helping us all to have wonderful memories of Venice that we will always cherish. We highly recommend Linda to be your tour guide in Venice if you want to feel like a special friend is taking care that you have the best experience in the city that she loves.
Written September 19, 2023
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Lucy
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Nadia is like a true friend, one we met 11 years ago when we took our first tour with her as a family with young children. Nadia made such a fantastic impression on us that we searched her out again on our second visit, this time travelling as a couple. We were delighted that she could share with us more of her charming city and took the 3 hour “A Taste of Venice” food and wine tour which delivered way more than just a taste! Nadia included several delicious Venetian food stops with a broad selection of sweet and savoury food all accompanied by glasses of Prosecco, wine or coffee. She took us to a beautiful roof top for a spectacular view of the city from above, to a historical Venetian perfumery, past the delightful sounds of a music school and into a historical 16th century palazzo to see real Venetian splendour. At each stop we learnt about Venetian history, culture and cuisine. Through Nadia’s eyes you will see way more than just the standard tourist view of Venice.
Written June 18, 2022
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Dearest I read and reread the review and relive the beautiful moments spent together. Having met you again after all this time was truly a gift .. I must say that I had the feeling of having left you alone the day before instead you tell me that 11 years have passed the time flies yes but the feelings remain with us and that is why we travel .. traveling we build bridges of friendship . Help me to make Venice known as it deserves, help me to create a world of travelers Thanks again a huge kiss .I love you Nadia
Written July 9, 2022
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Jen M.
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We had the privilege of having Linda show us the beauty of Venice for two days. The first day was a food tour and the second was by boat. Our experience in Venice was incredible. She not only was very informative about the history of Venice but she knew all the hidden shops and restaurants only known to locals. Linda also reserved a boat for us last minute and took us on the most beautiful sights of Venice during sunset. She also reserved a table for us at the most amazing restaurant overlooking the Grand Canal. Weeks after our tour, Linda emailed me the recipe of our favorite dishes from the trip. She made our trip the most memorable experience and we cannot wait to go back.
Written October 27, 2021
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Ian R
The Hague, The Netherlands3 contributions
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Aug 2020
I've recently visited Venice together with my girlfriend after many years. We decided to book a guided tour with Linda and it was well worth it. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about giving us insights into her beautiful city. Thanks to her we managed to see not only the most important sights of Venice, but also the hidden gems which we wouldn't have been able to see and appreciate without her.

Moreover, she gave us useful tips about places to go eat and visit in the coming days. Linda's tour was definitely the highlight of our holiday in Venice.
Written August 17, 2020
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I am really glad that you had the opportunity to meet Linda during your visit to Venice. she is part of friendinVenice team Linda has a very deep culture, capable of spanning many topics but above all she is able to make a visit unforgettable. For me she is a treasure of a friend .. Thank you for choosing friendinvenice and for posting this review that fills us with joy Linda and I thank you very much .. see you next time
Written September 5, 2020
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Helen B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We had a fabulous tour with Linda - my husband and 3 teenage children throughly enjoyed Linda’s passion and enthusiasm for her beautiful city.
She took us to an exclusive palazzo, back streets, boat tours and went well above our expectations.
She recommended concerts, places for us to eat and even booked our water taxi to the airport.
Thank you so much for making out trip so special. You really were a friend in Venice!
Written September 13, 2023
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Nicole H
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Jun 2022 • Family
We did a four-hour walking food tour with Linda our first day in Venice. She also educated us with a lot of history. We loved Linda! She was really a great tour guide. She was sweet, friendly, and she was focused on making it the best experience for us. She took us to some great places to try the local food. I’m gluten-free and dairy free and Linda always made sure I had food to eat as well! Thanks, Linda!

Our teenage boys really enjoyed it as well. Sometimes the history part was a bit much for them, but overall they loved the tour! I would highly recommend Linda!
Written June 29, 2022
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Tracy H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I found Nadia in a Pinterest tour review. Being with her was truly visiting a "friend" in Venice. We watched large tour groups swarm the piazzas, straining to hear their guides. Nadia took us through back streets to find hidden gems like palaces, glass blowers, gelato, etc. Then we would resurface onto a piazza or the tourist attractions. Though her accent was heavy, everyone was able to hear her because our group was small. The boat tour was the kids fav. My youngest even fell asleep on her shoulder! It was the BEST way to see Venice from both land and sea in a 2-hour period, which was just right for the kids. Grazie, Nadia. We hope to see you soon!
Written January 14, 2020
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Cara Tracy , I am very happy to have known you and your family. Venice seems to have two souls, one for tourists, who as you have seen are always on the usual streets and then Venice which is revealed only to travelers .. if you want to seize the soul true you have to rely on a Venetian that takes you to know a city that you never thought existed Grazie I really hope to meet you asasp Baci Baci Nadia
Written January 15, 2020
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starman314
United States44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Our tour with Linda was a great way to kick off our vacation to Italy. We started with a walking tour of the city, where Linda explained how the city is structured and how the city was built. After that, we took a water taxi tour of the grand canal. Finally, we visited Murano and Burano and the kids even got to take a shot at blowing glass. We had a fantastic time and learned a lot about the city, The tour was definitely one of the highlights of our 11 day trip to Italy.

Linda was extremely kind and professional. I was impressed by her efficiency. There was no waiting around for transportation. Linda made a phone call and the water taxi would show up at just the right moment for the next part of our tour. I would highly recommend A Friend in Venice tour with Linda to anyone visiting Venice.
Written April 2, 2024
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